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Lib Dems back Finchley's cycle lane at Full Council

October 19, 2021 3:27 PM

A1000 Cycle Lane in East FinchleyThe A1000 Cycle Lane must be kept for good, and should be properly funded, Barnet Lib Dems say today, as they bring a motion to Full Council in its support.

The group will use a motion amendment to force a simple "yes/no" vote on the future of the A1000 Cycle Lane, to encourage local councillors to get off the fence on the issue.

The motion amendment, which will be voted on tonight (19 Oct 2021) reads:

The A1000 Cycle Lane, introduced in 2020, is a positive development for the local area and it deserves to be improved rather than attacked.

Barnet Council therefore calls on the Environment Committee (taking into account the consultation responses and equality impacts) to give consideration to keeping and improving the A1000 Cycle Lane on a permanent basis.

The full Lib Dem motion also draws attention to the lack of sustainable transport options across the borough.

Ahead of COP26, the Conservatives who run the council have done next to nothing to create a more sustainable borough. They have not yet even published so much as a draft of a Sustainability Strategy.

The A1000 lane is the only new cycle lane for many years, and it is under threat.

The local Conservative MP is campaigning to get rid of it - against his own government's policies.

Meanwhile, Labour councillors have been silent on whether the cycle lane should stay or go, despite their claim to be concerned about the climate emergency.

Cllr Gabriel Rozenberg, leader of Barnet Lib Dems, said: "Cycle lanes make for safer, greener streets.

"We are the only party to say clearly that we should keep and improve the A1000 cycle lane."